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New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax Holiday 2012

The 2012 New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax Holiday runs from Friday, August 3 until midnight on Sunday, August 5. It’s just in time for back-to-school savings: the following items are exempt from New Mexico gross receipts tax during the tax holiday:

  • Clothing or shoes costing less than $100 per unit/per pair
  • School supplies under $30 per unit
  • Desktop, laptop, or notebook computers, including tablets, priced less than $1,000
  • Other computer hardware priced under $500 (such as a printer, mouse, keyboard, monitor, microphone, speakers, ink cartridges etc.) 
  • Handheld calculators under $200 per unit
  • Bookbags and school backpacks under $100 per unit

Exclusions include phones, cameras, PDAs, all MP3 players and iPods, games and computer games, and musical instruments. Those items are still taxable during the weekend.

The amount you save varies according to the gross receipts tax rate in your specific New Mexico location, but tax-free shopping is always good in my opinion! So if you have any qualifying items on your to-buy list, get out and shop this weekend, August 3 – 5, 2012.

See details on what you can buy tax-free and what you still have to pay tax on during the New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax Holiday at the link, where the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department has PDF files listing the various tax-free shopping items.

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Free Sipapu Music on the Rocks Concert: August 4

Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort hosts the free Music on the Rocks festival on Saturday August 4, 2012, from 1 – 9 pm, featuring popular New Mexico and Colorado bands. Admission is free to the family-friendly concerts in the mountains, and although times and acts may change, the concert schedule at time of writing is:

  • Jenne McIntosh 1 pm – singer, guitarist and pianist performing original and cover songs
  • Cali Shaw Band 2:15 pm – Albuquerque-based Cali Shaw co-founded the southwest funk contingent Felonious Groove Foundation
  • Monkey Feeders 3:30 pm – voted Best Band in Taos in 2012
  • Main Street Garage Band 5:15 pm - a Boulder pop band
  • Last to Know 7 pm – The Taos band is the final headline act of the day, performing until 9 pm

Sipapu is 20 miles southeast of Taos, about 90 minutes north of Santa Fe, and a 2.5 hour drive from Albuquerque. Get directions to Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort.

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Starbucks Treat Receipt $2 Drinks to September 3

The Starbucks Treat Receipt promotion runs until Labor Day, 2012. 

If you make a purchase at Starbucks in the morning during the Starbucks Treat Receipt promotion, you can return on the same day after 2 pmwith your receipt to get a Grande sized cold drink for $2, plus applicable tax. That includes Frappuccinos, iced coffees and teas.

The offer is available daily at participating Starbucks locations, no coupon required, until September 3, 2012. And don’t blame us if you get the jitters from too much caffeine ;-)

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Arby’s Sandwich 64 Cents: July 23

Arby’s celebrates its 48th anniversary this year, it was founded in 1964, and they’ve got a coupon on the Arby’s Facebook page to get a Roast Beef Classic Sandwich for 64 cents on Monday July 23, 2012.

On the Arby’s Facebook  page you’re instructed to scroll back on their timeline all the way to their founding date of 1964 to get the coupon, or you can select founded date on the Timeline at top, which is the easier way.  BUT, if this is all too confusing or if you’re not on Facebook at all, here’s the direct link to the printable  Arby’s coupon for a Roast Beef Classic Sandwich for 64 cents on July 23.

You’ll find Arby’s in New Mexico in many towns and cities, including Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Roswell, Farmington, Silver City, Alamogordo, Hobbs, Clovis, Gallup, and Las Vegas.

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Los Alamos Free Summer Concerts

The annual Gordons’ Concerts series of free music concerts in various parks around Los Alamos has returned for the summer through September 15, 2012.

The Los Alamos free concerts take place on Friday evenings at 7 pm, with music ranging from classic rock to world rhythms, from bebop to bluegrass. There is no admission charge, just turn up to enjoy the free music concerts and have a dance, or take a lawn chair and chill out, enjoying the sunset and views! Forthcoming concerts are:

June 15: The Police Experience at Ashley Pond

June 22: Guy Forsyth Band at Ashley Pond

June 29: Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express at Pajarito Ski Hill

 Find the Los Alamos Gordons’ Concerts schedule for the rest of the summer plus maps to the venues.

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Sipapu Free Fly Fishing Clinics

If you’re interested in learning the basics of fly fishing, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort holds a series of free fly fishing clinics this summer 2012.

The Sipapu free fly fishing clinics take place weekly on Saturdays from 10 am – 12 noon, with lessons by Taos professional fly fishing instructor and guide Dan Holden. The clinics are open to all, and will cover the basics of fly fishing, including how to use the equipment and how to cast.

Take your own equipment, or fly rods and reels will be available to borrow free of charge, thanks to Taos Fly Shop.

Although the clinics are free, participants aged 12 years or older WILL need a New Mexico fishing license. Current fees for NM fishing licenses start at $12 for one day for adults (whether New Mexico residents or not), or $5 for New Mexico resident juniors aged 12-17 for an annual licence, $8 for New Mexico resident seniors aged 65 – 69 for an annual license. Licenses are available for purchase at Sipapu’s store, which is probably the easiest option, or you can buy them online from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

If you want to stay over, a number of third night free lodging deals at Sipapu are available through October 17, 2012 , including the hotel, cabins, suites, and lodge.

Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort is located  20 miles southeast of Taos, about a 90-minute drive north of Santa Fe, 2.5 hours from Albuquerque.

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Southwest Airlines Fare Sale

The Southwest Airlines sale offers air fares this fall from $49 one way including taxes and fees. Book fast to get the sale fares through Thursday June 14, 2012, until 11:59 pm Pacific time. The limited time promotion is valid for:

  • Travel between August 13 and November 14, 2012
  • Travel on any day except Fridays and Sundays
  • Excluding blackout dates: August 18 and 30, and September 3 and 4.

The one way sale fares are calculated by distance and include taxes and fees on nonstop flights.  Flights to/from Albuquerque are included in the promotion, and also El Paso (for readers traveling to/from southern New Mexico).

  • $49 for one way travel up to 500 miles
  • $99 for travel between 501 miles and 1300 miles
  • $139 for travel of 1301+ miles

Sample fares are for nonstop services – fares will be “slightly higher” on connecting flights. Not all destinations may be included and obviously the sale fares depend on availability.

Book directly on Southwest.com through June 14,2012, for the sale fares. And remember that with Southwest you can take two free check-in bags.

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50% Off Dominos Pizza Online Orders

Order online at Domino’s Pizza website to get 50% off any Domino’s Pizza until Sunday June 17, 2012, or use mobile ordering ( http://mobile.dominos.com) or the iPhone and Android apps to get the same half price deal.

According to a Domino’s Pizza press release, the 50% discount is valid only on the pizza part of your order, at participating Domino’s locations. If you choose to have your pizza delivered rather than collect it yourself for carryout, there will also be a minimum purchase required.

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Starbucks Half Price Frappuccinos

Get half off Starbucks Frappuccinos in a promotion through May 13, 2012. 

If you buy a Starbucks Frappuccino between 3 pm and 5 pm during the Starbucks Happy Hour promo, you get 50% off the price at participating locations.

No coupon is required, and the offer runs every day until Sunday May 13, 2012.  And don’t blame us if you get the jitters from too much caffeine ;-)

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Chili’s Free Kids Meal Coupon May 7-9

Chili’s Grill and Bar fans with families will love this!

Use this Chili’s Kids Eat Free coupon to get a a free kid’s meal from May 7 – 9 when you buy an adult entree at participating locations. In fact, the coupon fine print says it’s valid for up to two kids’ meals per adult entree ordered. You can use multiple coupons per table, and the promotion is for children aged 12 and under

The coupon is valid from Monday May 7 to Wednesday May 9, 2012, and not all locations may be participating, so call ahead if you want to be sure.

New Mexico Chili’s are in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Farmington, Roswell,  Carlsbad, Clovis, Hobbs, and Espanola.

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